‘Politically motivated hatchet job’ — el-Rufai denies corruption allegations by Kaduna assembly

‘Politically motivated hatchet job’ — el-Rufai denies corruption allegations by Kaduna assembly

In April, the Kaduna assembly inaugurated a 13-member
committee to examine the loans, grants, and project implementation in the state
during the period el-Rufai was governor.

 

Zacharia said most of the loans obtained and projects
implemented did not follow the “due process”.

 

The lawmakers also called for the prosecution of some of the
commissioners and officials who worked under el-Rufai.

 

The committee also recommended the immediate suspension of
Shizer Badda, the commissioner of finance, who also served in the same capacity
under el-Rufai’s administration.

 

However, reacting in a statement through his spokesperson,
Muyiwa Adekeye, the former governor said he led a government of integrity to
the best of his capacity during his eight-year administration.

 

The former governor described the activities of the ad hoc
committee as a “jaundiced probe” that should be disregarded.

 

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai is immensely proud of his record of
governance and the legacy he left in Kaduna state,” the statement reads.

 

 “This record of consistently
high performance in public and private office cannot be altered by any
malicious effort to use the auspices of a state legislature for defamation and
undeserved smears.

 

“Many of the officials who served in the El-Rufai government
appeared before the ad-hoc committee because of their confidence in the quality
of their service and the rectitude which they served Kaduna state.

 

“They were under no illusion that they were participating in
a fair process. It was obvious that the ad hoc committee was merely going
through the motions of an inquiry just to give some gloss to predetermined
conclusions.

 

“It is sad to see such a shameful departure from any notion
of decency and fairness by a state legislature. We dismiss with contempt the
claims being peddled in connection with the report.

 

 “Malam El-Rufai
wishes to assure discerning Nigerians that he has served Kaduna state with
integrity and to the best of his capacity, assisted by a hardworking and
patriotic team. He complied with all extant laws in all his activities while he
was the governor. This jaundiced probe should be disregarded as the politically
motivated hatchet job it is.”

 

 

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